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Vivint Car Guard Review: Not Just Car Security

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Vivint is a home security company that has some of the best home automation features on the market. In early  2019, Vivint launched its unique Car Guard product that can not only monitor your car’s security but also track its location and alert you to your car’s mechanical needs. Is Car Guard reliable? And is it worth the high price tag?…

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Best Pack ‘N Plays By Category: Travel, Play, New Parents, Setup, & Budget

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A pack ‘n play is on most baby registries, but do you have any idea which one you need? First, think about what you want out of your pack ‘n play. Do you want it to include a newborn bassinet and changing station? Do you want it to be easy to travel with? Or is it going to be primarily used for playing? We’ve chosen the best pack ‘n plays based on your needs…

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Which States Are The Most Dangerous For Holiday Drunk Driving?

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Despite the increased use of ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft and marketing efforts by alcohol brands to ensure you have a designated driver, fatal car crashes caused by drunk driving still occur at high rates. This is especially true during the holidays. But which states have the highest rates, and how can you lower your chance of getting hurt?

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August Smart Lock Review: No Need For Keys

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Home smart locks help eliminate security woes about multiple house keys falling into the wrong hands. August Home carries some of the most popular smart locks on the market, but do they work as promised? And what added security and home automation features do they offer?… 

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Fitbit vs Jawbone: Who Wins The Race?

Fitbit vs Jawbone

Looking for a convenient and cost-effective way to reach your fitness goals without the expenses of a personal trainer? Enter Jawbone and Fitbit! It’s easy, just set goals for yourself and meet (or exceed) them. Your friends can hold you accountable as well because you can share your data with them. Track your progress including distance, calories burned, steps taken and more. But which one is best?…

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Best Credit Monitoring Service: Transunion vs Equifax vs Experian vs Credit Sesame vs Credit Karma & More

Do you know with full certainty what your credit score is? Have you recently checked your credit report? What you don’t know could hurt you, especially if you’re dreaming of buying a house or a new car, taking out student loans — or even if you’re looking for a new job. Your ability to do all these things hinges on how creditworthy you are in the eyes of lenders and even potential employers…

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Best Carbon Monoxide Detectors For Cars

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In 2017, Ford warned owners of certain Explorer SUV models that carbon monoxide (CO) could be leaking into their vehicles’ cabins. The danger is that CO is an odorless and colorless gas that can cause serious impairment in drivers and even death. The company took charge of righting the problem, but for many people, this issue highlighted a safety concern most of us probably never even consider with our cars. Is your vehicle leaking CO? It’s worth your safety (and that of your passengers) to find out by investing in a reliable vehicle carbon monoxide detector…

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DIRECTV or DISH? Quick Guide To Providers, Equipment, Promotions, And More

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Satellite TV is still a major player, providing live TV access in geographic areas that aren’t reachable yet by cable (or internet) connections. Satellite TV companies have also upped their game and are offering more channels, packages, programming and perks to compete with the changing media landscape. Debating between DIRECTV vs Dish? We’ve got your back. In our satellite TV guide, we cover everything from providers to equipment, and feature the most current promotions for you to take advantage of…

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